Christmas Concerts in Toronto 2015
For many Torontonians, the Christmas season would be amiss without taking in the sound of angelic voices at a seasonal Christmas concert. Whether you enjoy the acoustics of Roy Thomson Hall or the intimacy of a 19th century Toronto church, the following Christmas concerts in December 2012 should give you that festive feeling.
The Citytv Christmas Concert takes place at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church at 1585 Yonge Street (two blocks north of St. Clair) on Sat., Dec. 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) The concert features the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir with special guests John McDermott, Maev Beaty, That Choir, the True North Brass and Bach Children’s Choir with William Maddox on organ. Donations will be accepted at the concert towards the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Christmas with the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Canadian Staff Band led by Bandmaster John Lam with the Toronto Northern Lights Chorus will perform a seasonal holiday concert on Sat., Dec. 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall. Accompanied by Ian Sadler on organ and soloist Bobby Irvine. Tickets are $20-$30.
CBC’s Sounds of the Season
The CBC’s Sounds of the Season Christmas concert takes place on Fri., Dec. 4, 2015 from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre at 250 Front St. W. The concert is free with cash or food donations to the food bank welcome. Enjoy live musical performances and radio and television broadcasts of Metro Morning, Here & Now and CBC News Toronto. Meet CBC personalities and participate in a silent auction. Featured performers include Francesco Yates, Julian Taylor, Terra Lightfield, Alysha Brilla, Dione Taylor, Barbra Lica, The Toronto Mass Choir, Mark McEwan Quintet, Bill King Quartet, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Jordon John, Ammoye and others.
Toronto Children’s Chorus 2015
The Toronto Children’s Chorus, which includes the voices of over 300 children, will be backed up by the True North Brass at Roy Thomson Hall on Sat., Dec. 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. This years theme, “Dance Your Song,” will feature the festive John Rutter piece, “Dancing Day” with Judy Loman on harp. Tickets for the Toronto Children’s Chorus are $35.50 and $45.50.
Church of the Holy Trinity Christmas Story 2015
This 165-year-old Gothic Revival Church tucked behind Eaton Centre has been performing its Christmas Story pageant since 1938. Enjoy the pageant accompanied by a professional choir and organist performed on Dec. 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., Dec. 6, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., Dec. 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., Dec. 19, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 20, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Christmas Story at Church of the Holy Trinity must be reserved.
Toronto Star Christmas Carol Concert
This annual Christmas tradition takes place at the majestic St. Paul’s Anglican Church at Bloor and Jarvis on Sat., Dec. 1, 2012 for two concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets for the Toronto Star Christmas concert are free (donations to the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund are accepted at the concert); however, you’ll have to get in line early to secure them when they are distributed at the Toronto Star Head Office.
Handel’s Messiah with Ontario Philharmonic
The Ontario Philharmonic conducted by Marco Parisotto performs Handel’s Messiah with soprano Jennifer Taverner, alto Leigh-Anne Martin, tenor Zachary Finkelstein and baritone Justin Welsh with the Amadeus Choir on Fri., Dec. 21, 2012 at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. (just north of St. Clair Ave.) Tickets are Adults $35 and $45 and may be purchased online or call 416-443-9737.
City of Toronto Christmas Choral Concert
The City of Toronto is holding its annual free Christmas concert in the Toronto City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W., on Fri., Dec. 21, 2012 at 11: 30 a.m. The concert features the Toronto Mass Choir and other performers to be announced. Free admission.